Dean Honetschlager of Oak Park Heights, formerly of Marine on St. Croix, died July 28, 2016.
He was born Sept. 23, 1927, in Dawson, Minn. Dean grew up in Mankato, and spent many summers in western Minnesota with his cousins. He served in the U.S. Army after World War II as part of the occupation force in Germany. After returning to the U.S., he attended Hamline University on the G.I. Bill. It was there he met the love of his life, Mary Ann Nichols. They married in 1951 and raised daughters Beth, Kim and Martha in an old farmhouse south of Marine on St. Croix. He and Mary Ann lived in the Marine Stugas from 1997 to 2013.
After graduating from Hamline in 1952 Dean taught history and psychology at Stillwater High School. He later worked in education policy for the State of Minnesota and for several education policy groups. In retirement he pursued his passion for writing and participated in memoir writing groups in Green Valley, Ariz., and at Boutwells Landing. He enjoyed breakfast at the Scandia Café with Mayhem and taking the grandkids to The Landing.
Dean loved the outdoors. He loved being on the St. Croix River, hiking at O’Brien State Park, and working in his huge vegetable garden. He and Mary Ann lead the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Marine and May Township for decades. They lead Sierra Club elders’ canoe trips on the St Croix and in the BWCA, and they maintained a section of the Superior Hiking Trail. He traveled extensively with Mary Ann on birding and service trips and with his extended family on camping, cross-country skiing, rafting, and backpacking trips.
He was preceded in death by Mary Ann, his wife of 63 years.
He is survived by daughters Beth (Don Greenebaum), Kim (Will Finch), and Martha (Dave Formella). Also survived by brother Dick Honetschlager; sister-in-law Janet Schroeder (Don); brothers-in-law Chuck (Judy) and Jim Nichols; grandchildren Nathan and Mara Greenebaum, Jacob and Margaret Finch, and Rachel Formella; and many nieces and nephews.
Dean will be remembered as an educator, not just a teacher. He passed on his love for and stewardship of the outdoors and his love of words to his daughters and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
The family gives special thanks to Boutwells Landing staff. Memorial service will be Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Maple St., Mahtomedi.
Memorials to Hamline University or the Superior Hiking Trail Association.